Guidelines & Safety

Safety Training

Safety training is scheduled every four months.

Depending on number of registrants (min. of 5), next safety training will take place on Tuesday, July 16, from 8:15-13:00 at the control room.

Those planning to attend are requested to register.

Scanning people with tattoos

Scanning people with tattoos has been approved for ENU, under certain limitations:

  • People with permanent makeup, tattoos on the head, neck, or face, or people with large tattoos (over 10% of the skin) cannot be scanned.

Extra care should be taken when scanning people with tattoos:

  • The participant will declare the existence of a tattoo, its size, location on body, and the place of making the tattoos in writing as part of the metal questionnaire.
  • In addition to written information, the participant will report orally to the RT about any tattoos or permanent makeup. The location, size and color of the tattoo must be reported as well.
  • The participant will be given all information about the potential risks associated with scanning tattoos. This information will be given both orally and as part of the informed consent form that was approved by the Helsinki committee.
  • The participant will be instructed to immediately report any heat/pain or abnormal sensation in the area of the tattoo. The participant should explicitly be told that they should press the stress button (and thus stop the exam) at any time during the exam if they fell heat in the area of the tattoo.
  • Subjects with tattoo will be monitored closely, while maintaining auditory and/or visual contact throughout the exam.

Even when all limitation are followed, the radiology technician may decide not to scan a potential participant with a tattoo.

The inclusion of participants with tattoos in the research must be confirmed for each research protocol (Helsinki) separately, and be explicitly included in the informed consent form of that research!

For full details on when & how to scan people with tattoos as well as other safety issues, please refer to the ENU working guidelines & safety regulations (English version)